Week 8 Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Top prospects, waiver pickups, SP streamers, sell-high targets, closer news, moreSporting News — (Matt Lutovsky)
We return to our crapbag roots in the eighth episode of the Hot Corner Podcast (available on YouTube, SoundCloud and iTunes), and if that doesn't make you want to listen, nothing will. Oh, sure, we also talk about a few top prospects, sell-high candidates, pitcher streamers, and closer battles, but crapbags is where we really shine.
Before we get into the Tommy La Stella's and Hunter Pence's of the world, we discuss recent call-ups Keston Hiura and Oscar Mercado. Then we get some interesting waiver possibilities, such as Mitch Moreland, Mallex Smith, and Felix Pena. Next, we break down some overachieving pitchers who might have already peaked, including Zach Davies, Vince Velasquez, Jon Lester, Chris Bassitt, Jordan Lyles, and Mike Soroka. We follow that up by going "Weekend Streamin'" with some of this weekend's top fill-in options (including the controversial Reynaldo Lopez). We end with a few closer updates for the Phillies, Angels, Cubs, Braves, Mariners, and Rangers, plus a quick "10/10" check.
Along the way, we also discuss guys who just sound like they're good at baseball, "pushing tractors and lifting logs", calling Mitch Moreland "Mitchy Two Bags", calling Alex Gordon "Lexie Two Bags", astonishing Tommy La Stella stats, why saying "complete-game shutout" is redundant, Justin Verlander's trade value, "Dream On" being the perfect song to parody for our "Weekend Streamin'" segment, "Revenge Games", Toronto Blue Jays trivia, the beauty of team logs, the proper pronunciation of Brad Brach's name, unearned cool nicknames, "Challenge" predictions, and much more.
Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Hot Corner Ep. 8
Timestamps and quotes
SEGMENT 1: HOT WIRE (1:52)
Keston Hiura: "If you need a middle infielder, if you need a second basemen, that's great, but as a UTIL...there's probably a veteran on the waiver wire who can help you more."
Oscar Mercado: "I don't know if you've ever heard this before, but you can't steal first base."
Mallex Smith: "You don't have to take that .165 average. It's a fresh start as far as you're concerned."
Hunter Pence: "Alright, let's get to a crapbag..."
Mitch Moreland: "I feel like there's a lot of upside with this guy." "A lot of upside? That seems strong."
Gregory Polanco: "He is what he is at this point."
Tommy La Stella: "This guy makes me mad for so many reasons."
Felix Pena: "I just like the swinging-strike rate mixed with the low walk rate."
Gio Gonzalez: "No homers allowed...he's gonna start allowing them pretty soon."
SEGMENT 2: STAT CORNER (25:47)
Positive ERA-FIP Differentials: "This is the funniest number for [Chris Bassitt]: 100 percent left-on-base percentage. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that's not gonna last."
SEGMENT 3: WEEKEND STREAMIN' (35:40)
Jordan Lyles, Pirates @ Padres: "This is a 'Revenge Game', a Jordan Lyles Revenge Game." "Everyone knows about that bitter breakup, Jordan Lyles and the Padres."
Frankie Montas, A's @ Tigers: "He hasn't given up more than three [earned] runs in any of his eight starts, so I think it's a safe play."
Lucas Giolito, White Sox vs. Blue Jays: "Last week we mentioned him, he was 10-percent owned. ... This week, 40 percent. Is that because of us? Yes, it is. ... You're welcome."
Steven Matz, Mets @ Marlins: "Every time I see [Wilmer Font's] name, I think it's 'fart'...I will always call him 'fart'."
Reynaldo Lopez, White Sox vs. Blue Jays: "The fact he already had a good start this week terrifies me." ... "This is an 'eyes closed' start."
Mike Fiers, A's @ Tigers: "He's had a start in between his 130-pitch no-hitter --" "So I can get back on board with this."
Danny Duffy, Royals @ Angels: "I forgot about Albert Pujols." "You forgot about the second-greatest hitter of our generation -- the greatest clean hitter of our generation."
SEGMENT 4: CLOSER CORNER (43:49)
Cubs: "We judge by actions, not words."
Rangers: "Shawn Kelley was the guy, he got hurt, boom -- we're going to Coldplay."
Phillies: "[David] Roberton's throwing again -- above ground, when it's dry..." "With sock? Without sock?" "Still unclear."
Braves: "Luke Jackson -- nothing to worry about, A+ the rest of the way."
Mariners: "...they don't have a closer..."
Rays: "The last couple times, [Diego] Castillo has pitched has been 7th, 8th innings." "Yeah, I know. It means nothing."
Angels: "Doesn't 'Hansel' sound like he could be into some weird stuff?" "I'm sure he's into weird stuff in his personal life."